The 15 Best Heels for Wide Feet Are Surprisingly Stylish (2024)

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Finding the perfect pair of heels can be challenging for anyone with wide feet. Designs often cater to narrower foot shapes, leaving those with wider proportions struggling to find comfortable and stylish options. When the quest for the best heels for wide feet finally ends, issues such as pinching, discomfort, and squeezing caused by ill-fitting shoes will become a distant memory.

Start the search by paying close attention to shape. The most comfortable heels for wide feet all have a naturally spacious silhouette. "Anything with a rounded toe will offer more space than a sharper, pointed toe," designer Sarah Flint tells Bazaar.

Women looking for more room in the toe box will often buy a size that's too big–a major mistake, Flint says. "What happens then is that the shoe is too long, causing their heel to slip out the back and creating blisters." The best move, instead, is to buy heels in the correct length. Then, if the toe box is too tight, bring them to a cobbler to stretch them. "If they're just a little snug, you can also try stretching them out at home by putting a ball of socks in the toe overnight or wearing them around the house with socks for a day or two," the designer suggests.

The Best Heels for Wide Feet of 2024

Additional details to look for in the best heels for wide feet, according to Flint's expertise: wider toe boxes, arch support, and extra padding. High-quality leathers and suedes will stretch nicely for more comfort. It's best to avoid stiffer patent leathers or synthetic materials, as they don't give as much.

When it's finally time to shop, remember Flint's advice: "Look for round-toe silhouettes and styles in a softer suede to allow for more room and give." Ahead, discover 15 stylish and comfy options that fit the bill, from work shoes to comfortable wedge sandals.

Best Round-Toe Pump

Sarah Flint Perfect Round Toe Pump 70

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"Our Perfect Round Toe Pump is one of our better styles for wider feet," says Flint. "It's crafted in a super-soft suede and has comfort features like a wider toe box, arch support, 360 padding, and a 70mm block heel. It's a really chic alternative to a pointed-toe stiletto."

Sizes: 4–13

Heel height: 2.75"

Materials: Italian suede with leather lining, biodegradable foam, and rubber

What reviewers are saying: "I have severe bunions and cannot wear heels much at all anymore. This shoe is a lifesaver. I couldn't believe it didn't hurt my foot. The way they've created the supported arch relieved the pain in the ball of my foot as well. I've never had a heel that was comfortable. This heel is a game changer and I plan to only purchase shoes from this brand moving forward!"

Best Suede Sandal Heel

Inez Isabel

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Inez founder and creative director Hannah Spinelli has mastered the art of comfort and style with her Spanish-crafted footwear line. Every heel features a proprietary plush insole made of luxe kidskin-leather lining and layers of the latest foam technology to support the foot while alleviating impact.

This soft suede sandal features a leather sole with a rubber insert for grip. The twisted silhouette cradles the foot without creating pressure at the ball, for a supremely soft and secure feel.

Sizes: 6–10.5

Heel height: 3.5"

Materials: Spanish kidsuede upper, leather sole with rubber

What reviewers are saying: "These are perfect for your next event, you can dance all night. My favorite part is that I can actually feel the arch support."

Best Thin-Strap Sandal Heel

Stuart Weitzman NearlyNude Strap Sandal

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Stuart Weitzman's iconic sandal is beloved for its equally comfortable and minimalist style, from the chunky heel to the rounded toe. It comes in wide and extra-wide sizes as well as various suede and leather options.

Sizes: 3.5–13

Heel height: 3.2"

Materials: Leather

What reviewers are saying: "Wore these for my bridal shower. Heel height is perfect, slightly wider strap across the toes makes it more comfortable to wear for longer period of time. Great addition to my wardrobe!"

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Best Block Heel

Larroudé Milan Sandal

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Larroudé's trendy assortment of heels is thoughtfully designed to include wider footbeds with memory foam—two features that fit wider feet quite comfortably. (As someone who falls into this camp, they're a personal favorite). Many options are crafted of leather and suede, from simple kitten heels to chunky platforms and walkable block heels.

Sizes: 5–11

Heel height: 1.8"

Materials: Leather

What reviewers are saying: "Comfy and cute—love these sandals!!"

Best Leather Mules

Margaux The Carmine Mule

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Plush, pretty pink leather is one reason these heeled mules are a winner for wide feet. They also feature foam-padded straps and 5mm of foam padding on the insole for added comfort and come in wide sizes spanning size 2.5 to 13.5.

Sizes: 2.5–13.5

Heel height: 2.5"

Materials: Leather

What reviewers are saying: "I’ve got wide feet and I could not find the right fit with the City or Uptown Sandal. The Carmine Mule is the answer! These are comfortable and flattering to the foot. The block heel provides stability, and the padding makes these shoes more comfortable than most heels. The Rose Nappa is a perfect neutral. Now I want these in another color!"

Best Platform

Schutz Keefa Platform Sandal

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These highly-reviewed platform heels are beloved for their stability, lightweight feel, and mega-height—all without sacrificing comfort. The platform allows the foot to sit at a lower angle, for less strain and pressure. This pair comes in various suede and leather options, from neutral tones to metallic shades.

Sizes: 5–11

Heel height: 4"

Materials: Nubuck leather

What reviewers are saying: "Let me start off saying, I'm not a heels girl, hate wearing them and always find them uncomfortable. These heels are soo freaking comfortable & so easy to walk in. I do have wide feet, these are not narrow heels. They're perfect!"

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Best Ankle Strap Heel

Marion Parke Carrie 85 Sandal

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Podiatrist-designed label Marione Parke designs many of her heels from ultra-soft leather that stretches and softens over time—perfect for a wide foot. These ankle-strap heels are a striking option for height and a bolder color within the neutral range.

Sizes: 35–42

Heel height: 3.3"

Materials: Leather

Best Metallic Sandal Heel

Gianvito Rossi Lena Leather Block-Heel Sandals

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My wide-foot woes were a concern when shopping for a comfortable wedding shoe option. Yet, after owning a few pairs of Gianvito Rossi shoes, I turned to the Italian label for my special day and found a luxe leather design similar to this block heel. Ultra-soft Nappa leather and minimalist designs are two brand signatures, making them choice for my foot shape and aesthetic preferences.

Sizes: 5–12

Heel height: 1.75"

Materials: Leather

Best Espadrille

Castañer Carina 8 Espadrille Wedge Sandals

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These iconic Castañer espadrilles, crafted of canvas and jute a rounded toe, make for a comfortable and airy feel in warm weather. The natural fibers will give over time, as will the soft leather lining, without creating pressure through the toe box.

Sizes: 5–10

Heel height: 3.25"

Materials: Linen upper, leather lining, jute heel, rubber sole

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Best Cross-Strap Platform

Ferragamo Sonya Platform Sandal

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Coming in a C width, these textured metallic platform heels make a statement, whether you're pairing them with partywear or dressing up denim.

Sizes: 5–11

Heel height: 5"

Materials: Leather

Best Wedge Heel

Tamara Mellon Reverse Wedge 90

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Tamara Mellon is another label I've successfully worn with great comfort time and again. The designer's signature Pillow Top dual-layer cushioning is truly cloud-like, made from high-density memory foam that absorbs impact and softens in response to body heat, molding to the foot. I've found the footbeds to be on the wider side as well, lasting me all day without pain.

Sizes: 5–12

Heel height: 3.54"

Materials: Suede

Best Square-Toe Heel

Proenza Schouler Buckle Slide Leather Platform Mules

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A wide square open-toe á la the '90s is a great option for extra room in the footbed.

Sizes: 5–12

Heel height: 4.5"

Materials: Leather

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Best Knit Heel

Everlane The Glove Mule in ReKnit

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Knitted fabric offers extra stretch and give for comfort. Even better, these feature a comfortable low heel and padded insoles.

Sizes: 5–11

Heel height: 2"

Materials: Recycled polyester upper made from renewed plastic bottles

What reviewers are saying: "I love the fit, comfort and style of this shoe so much I purchased in all 3 colors. Great heel height and the neutral colors go with everything. I have a wider foot, but the fit was still comfortable. My new favorite shoe."

Best Sculptural Heel

Cole Haan Adella Braided Sandal

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Beyond the eye-catching sculptural heel, this round-toe, ankle strap pair is made from smooth suede with a padded footbed and added arch support. While they're not technically a wide fit, the brand's footbeds often run wider than average.

Sizes: 5–11

Heel height: 2.5"

Materials: Suede

Best Party Heel

Loeffler Randall Natalia Pleated Platform Sandals

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The roomy toe box and soft pleated design of these Loeffler Randall heels are among the many reasons they're best-sellers. They're a festive event option, from weddings to parties and black-tie occasions, and come in 12 colors.

Sizes: 5–12

Heel height: 4.5"

Materials: Silk/polyester upper, leather sole

What reviewers are saying: "The best shoes and most comfortable I have ever owned."

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The 15 Best Heels for Wide Feet Are Surprisingly Stylish (2024)

FAQs

What type of heel looks best on wide feet? ›

Open toe heels like the Un Capri Step are a particularly good option for those with wide feet as they allow for extra breathing room. This style's riptape fastening also allows you to adjust the fit of the shoes for extra comfort.

What is the new trend of heels? ›

Sex Kitten

Some of the best heels of the spring/summer 2024 season barely qualify as heels at all, so short is the stub that protrudes from their soles. Once maligned for their grandma-ish associations, over the past year or so, kitten heels have been reclaimed by some of the most successful dressers out there.

Can you wear heels if you have wide feet? ›

Thankfully, heels for wide feet do exist, and thanks to shoe brands like Inez, Margaux, and ASOS, among many others, you can get heels that are both stylish *and* comfortable in a variety of widths, including wide.

What shoes to avoid with wide feet? ›

Avoid Pointy Toes and High Heels.

Shoes with pointy toes can squeeze wide feet, and high heels can put pressure on the front of the foot.

What is the healthiest heel height? ›

One should never wear a heel over 3 inches in height because it changes the biomechanics of how you walk. This leads to shorter strides, more pressure placed on the balls of your feet, and unnecessary stress on your knees and lower back. Proper fitting shoes provide a proper platform for our feet to support our body.

What style heel is in style in 2024? ›

Shoe Trend 2024: Micro Heels

In the same way 2017 ushered in the era of the micro purse, 2024 has brought with it the micro heel. Signs that the ubiquitous platform shoe may be past its peak came in the form of mini heels on major runways including those of Gucci, Givenchy, and Brunello Cucinelli.

What toe shape is in style in 2024? ›

Square-toed heels are being replaced by rounded or pointed toes. "The square toe was emblematic of 2021, during the peak of the Bottega padded heel's popularity," Young said. But for 2024, the stylist recommended opting for a pointed or rounded toe for a more modern style.

What style of heels are in fashion? ›

This comprehensive top 10 list covers trending styles that reference some of fashion's most classic and cutting-edge looks:
  • Sensational Stilettos: ...
  • Chunky Heels: ...
  • Perfect Platform Heels: ...
  • Embellished Heels: ...
  • Strappy Heels: ...
  • Wedge Heels:
  • Heeled Mules: ...
  • Heeled Sandals:

What is the most expensive brand of heels? ›

Moonstar Shoes by Antonio Vietri

The "Moon Star Shoes” are the most expensive shoes in the world. They were showcased in 2019 during the MIDE (Made in Italy, Designed in Emirates) Fashion Week, held on a yacht in Dubai. The heels of the shoes are made from solid gold and decorated with 30 carats of diamonds.

What is the most famous heel brand? ›

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies Pointed Toe Pump

Red Bottoms—they're famous for a reason, and the reason is that they make your legs look a mile long.

What are the easiest heels to walk in? ›

The easiest heels to walk in are wedges or block heels because the base of the heel is wide. Traditional heels are less stable and require more balance, and the higher the heel, the trickier the endeavor.

What type of heels for wide feet? ›

“Shoes with a naturally spacious silhouette especially in the toe box or a rounded toe box will avoid compression and crowding of the toes,” explains Daughtry. ✔️ A platform or wide block heel: Sharkey recommends choosing a heel style like platforms, wedges, or pumps over a stiletto heel for more support.

How to make wide feet look pretty? ›

While you may be tempted to wear narrow shoes to slim down your feet, it's better to opt for shoes that fit. Sneakers, round-toe boots or open sandals are particularly suitable for wide feet.

What shoe shape looks best on wide feet? ›

OPEN SIDED SHOES

The open-sided style is great for wide feet because they offer a more relaxed fit than a fully closed shoe, especially if the shoe is made of suede, which is very soft. This style is a popular choice for bunion sufferers who need width at the point of the bunion.

What shoe should I wear for a wide foot? ›

OPEN SIDED SHOES

The open-sided style is great for wide feet because they offer a more relaxed fit than a fully closed shoe, especially if the shoe is made of suede, which is very soft. This style is a popular choice for bunion sufferers who need width at the point of the bunion.

How to make heels comfortable for wide feet? ›

If comfy heels for wide feet is the priority (and why shouldn't it be), a square toe is an excellent stylish yet comfortable choice. Those with a wider foot might find that straps can cut into the side of their foot when they move so picking comfortable pumps for wide feet that also have adjustable straps is a must.

How to make wide feet slimmer? ›

To slim down your wide feet, swap your high heels for square pumps. By shifting the weight of your body to the front of your feet, high heels tend to make your feet swell. Like round-toe ankle boots, square pumps give your toes and forefoot a comfortable space.

What is the slimmest type of heel on a shoe? ›

A kitten heel is the shortest heel type and usually ranges between 1.5" and 2" in height. It's the perfect choice for people who are new to wearing heels, or for anyone who wants a tiny boost in height without sacrificing comfort.

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